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P. 403 - Park opening for a limited Holiday Event!

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Rides have been testing and lots of credible people are openly sharing it. I believe it. It's ballsy for Cedar Fair considering the fact that North Carolina is having a rise in cases (not because goin

The event has been live for like not even 5 hours.  Eeesh give people some time.

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Basically the same coaster. Just mirror versions of each other with the two hurlers being slightly longer to accommodate two train operations.

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Thunder Run was a Dinn/Summers coaster. The Hurlers were based off of the Thunder Run design.

 

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The big difference is that Thunder Run is enjoyable, unlike the Hurlers.

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Why does everyone keep calling it thunder run? Its thunder road.

 

EDIT: Wow, now you see what not reading the previous page does to my knowledge. Carry on, I was wrong!

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Thunder Run was a Dinn/Summers coaster. The Hurlers were based off of the Thunder Run design.

 

Jeff

 

The big difference is that Thunder Run is enjoyable, unlike the Hurlers.

 

You took the words right out of my mouth.

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The Hurler coasters were good in the 1990s. Great, knee-bruising airtime on the little hills and great laterals on the turns. However, about 2004 for KD and 2000 for Carowinds, they got really really rough, then neutered by Cedar Fair, and now the turnaround's been retracked and tghe first drop un-neutered so the sirtime should be back, right?

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Well I hope nothing happens to Thunder Road this year because thanks to Fury 325 I'm thinking of finally hitting this park up and need all the creds I can get!

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Why does everyone keep calling it thunder run? Its thunder road.

 

EDIT: Wow, now you see what not reading the previous page does to my knowledge. Carry on, I was wrong!

 

I almost posted earlier, but then I reread the last three pages about ten times and finally figured out what was going on.

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Looking forward to finally visiting this park for the first time and checking out Fury on Friday! Anyone know what weekday crowds have been like recently? It seems like in past years this park has usually been pretty quiet until later in the season, but I wouldn't be surprised if Fury has changed that some.

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It's been pretty mild but this Friday, the park closes at 6:00, FYI.

 

Yeah, I saw that. Unfortunately this trip is just tacked on to other plans, so that is when I can go, but I'll be there open to close to make the most of it. Thanks for the reply.

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I'll be going late August, like the 29th or 30th, I'm hoping crowds won't be tooo bad, ideally low enough I won't need a fast pass or anything. Looking forward to this park and Fury 325!

I haven't even looked into any reviews of it because I'm sure people are hating on/shrugging it off but I think it could possibly usurp my #1 spot if it runs fast as it looks. Of course many think I'm nuts already for still having MForce as #1

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I'll be going late August, like the 29th or 30th, I'm hoping crowds won't be tooo bad, ideally low enough I won't need a fast pass or anything. Looking forward to this park and Fury 325!

I haven't even looked into any reviews of it because I'm sure people are hating on/shrugging it off but I think it could possibly usurp my #1 spot if it runs fast as it looks. Of course many think I'm nuts already for still having MForce as #1

It's amazing. I'm an Intamin freak. El Toro is my number 1 woodie and Skyrush is my number one steel. I went to ride fury with standard coaster expectations and I came off shocked. It twists your body like Maverick and drops like Millennium Force. It's a great ride! Definitely top 5 material!

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I'll be going late August, like the 29th or 30th, I'm hoping crowds won't be tooo bad, ideally low enough I won't need a fast pass or anything. Looking forward to this park and Fury 325!

I haven't even looked into any reviews of it because I'm sure people are hating on/shrugging it off but I think it could possibly usurp my #1 spot if it runs fast as it looks. Of course many think I'm nuts already for still having MForce as #1

It's amazing. I'm an Intamin freak. El Toro is my number 1 woodie and Skyrush is my number one steel. I went to ride fury with standard coaster expectations and I came off shocked. It twists your body like Maverick and drops like Millennium Force. It's a great ride! Definitely top 5 material!

 

That's what I like to hear!

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It twists your body like Maverick and drops like Millennium Force. It's a great ride! Definitely top 5 material!

 

Did we ride the same ride?

 

Anyways, 2016 the park will be "making a big splash" and has an estimated 12-15 million dollars left of their 50 million 3 year investment. Thoughts on what it could be besides the obvious Boomerang Bay/Soak City renovation and additions? Also, what's everyone's opinion on the Thunder Road leaving rumor?

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We really don't know how much they have left or if it was a true 50 million. For instance, according to the below quote, there will be no funds remaining and its not saying the money cedar fair would be investing would be part of a 3 year plan for the total amount...

 

Cedar Fair is looking to establish a large park to push to the 2.5-3 million annual guest range

somewhere in the southeast and their target expansions are going to either be Carowinds or

Kings Dominion. If they were to select Carowinds as their large southeast park, the first phase

would consist of $43.5MM of investment. The first $30MM of that would be in a new 300 foot

tall rollercoaster. For comparison, the Intimidator, which you can see from I-77, is 230 feet.

They would include a $2.5MM water slide, a $7MM food complex and a $4MM ticket booth and

parking field improvements. Much of what you will approach and see as you come to Carowinds

now, would be completely reconfigured and moved out into where some of their parking field

currently is. $33.1MM of this investment will be in Mecklenburg County within the business

investment zone. The other $10.4MM will be in York County. Just as a reminder, Carowinds is

398 acres right now between the land they currently own and is undeveloped plus the land that is

developed as the park. About 220 acres of that is in South Carolina. The remainder is in North

Carolina.

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The park also got a grant from the surrounding cities and counties. This is what they asked from one city/county...

Councilmember Andy Dulin said lets go over how much this is going to cost us again.

Mr. Zeiler said if approved, the City’s share of a business investment grant is estimated to be

about $327,952 over three years. The City County combined grant is estimated to be $922,467.

The Board of County Commissioners indicated their intent to approve its portion of the BIP last

Tuesday on June 18th.

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Now, that was just one city/county in the charlotte area. Who knows what type of grant money they received from York/Rockhill. So...we really don't know how much they have left of anything since they used others money to fund the recent additions as well as their own. If I were a betting man, I would say they have more money then we think lol.

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My friend and I are heading down this weekend from MD. First time going to Carowinds and it is all because we both want to ride Fury 325! Plan on driving down Thursday night and enjoying the park Friday and and finishing up what we do not do on Saturday then we will probably drive up to Either Kings Dominion or Busch Gardens and on the way back. Few questions for the board

 

1. Places to eat that are good in the park or around the park. I am a foodie so if there is some place I should not miss I want to know.

2. Anyone been on a Friday? Is the park going to be packed?

3. Any tips from Carowinds experts?

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Yeah, I'm also curious about any advice for the park, and what crowds may be like on a very late August weekend (only time for me).

Seconded on food tips

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1. The crab fries at chickey's and pete's are awesome, don't bother getting anything else from them. I really liked the burgers at Harmony hall, but the barbecue wasn't very good. Also, the funnel cake place is insane, we went for the cinnamon apple and pecan and loved it.

 

2. Not yet this year. Yesterday was the busiest I've ever seen the park. Friday probably wont be much better. I'm seeing much bigger crowds this year, I'd plan on getting fastlane.

 

3. Don't miss boo blasters (do it at KD too, theirs is themed better) it's a little cheesy but a fun dark ride, also good to escape the heat. There are a few good rides in planet snoopy, too. If you want to park closest to the park, go all the way to the end of the parking lot to the south gate. You wont walk through Fury, but it'll be nice and easy to get to your car.

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My friend and I are heading down this weekend from MD. First time going to Carowinds and it is all because we both want to ride Fury 325! Plan on driving down Thursday night and enjoying the park Friday and and finishing up what we do not do on Saturday then we will probably drive up to Either Kings Dominion or Busch Gardens and on the way back. Few questions for the board

 

1. Places to eat that are good in the park or around the park. I am a foodie so if there is some place I should not miss I want to know.

2. Anyone been on a Friday? Is the park going to be packed?

3. Any tips from Carowinds experts?

 

1) Harmony hall has some good selections. I always get the cut to order brisket sandwich. Chickies and Pete has good cheese steaks. Wings has some nice chicken wings. I hear the pizza is pretty good as well.

 

2) Remember, its a holiday weekend. I have been going on fridays this year and the line for fury 325 never ran over 20 minutes and at night it is virtually a walk on. But again...its a holiday weekend.

 

3) I would ride nighthawk first thing as I get there and everything else should be a breeze. Also don't miss the flyers and the Peanuts Pirates. The water park should be open so I would get there as soon as it opens if you are into water parks.

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Thanks for all the great feed back, I love these insiders tips. I have been to the Chickies and Petes at both Cedar Point and Dorney Park and love their sweet potatoes fries! Great strategy tips! Keep them coming. I didn't factor in the holiday weekend. I was hoping all the kids would still be at school! lol

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They will still be in school on Friday. The morning may not be too bad. However the late afternoon and evening may be another story. I wouldn't go near the park personally the rest of the weekend without FL+.

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It is crazy to see this park, or any park, grow so rapidly. Cedar Fair has really been doing a fantastic job with this park. If they keep investing in this park they way they have been, it will be the Cedar Point of the south in no time.

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